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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
July 1, 2015

Canadian Excellence


Tara Tait (graduated 2013)

I am a graduate of the University of Guelph with a BSc in Biomedical Toxicology, Co-op and a certificate in Environmental Conservation. My co-op work experiences have mostly been in the area of environmental chemistry. Most notable, I worked with Environment Canada analyzing the presence of volatile methylsiloxanes in sediment, receiving waters and wastewaters to provide supporting information for industrial discharge regulations. Through networking at Environment Canada I was introduced to Scott Smith and decided to pursue my Masterís degree in Chemistry under his supervision. My thesis focused on the determination of copper, lead, zinc and nickel speciation and the subsequent bioavailability and toxicity in marine/estuarine environments. This research will aid in developing a Biotic Ligand Model for copper, lead, zinc and nickel in saltwater systems. †This work is funded by industrial partners are part of the NSERC CRD metals in salt water research program.

Currently I am an Environmental Toxicologist at Exp Services Inc